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A gentle push for the visually challenged

HELEN KELLER was a remarkable woman who went on to become a role model for the visually challenged and the hearing impaired. In her memory, a city-based non-governmental organisation, proVISION Asia, chose to honour Lakshmi Shankar Hebbar, an advocate for the visually impaired, and the Jyothi Seva Society.

Blind from birth, Ms. Hebbar has been working for the visually challenged by providing textbooks for the blind, sponsoring free education for children and transcribing textbooks to Braille. A good singer, she met her husband, Shankar, at a concert. After his death in a road accident, Ms. Hebbar dedicated her life to the welfare of the blind. Established in 1918, the Jyothi Seva Society offers education, rehabilitation, and care for visually challenged children from age three onwards. "Our mission is to help the visually challenged discover their own dignity and value and to bring out the best in them," the director of the society, Sister Sara, said after receiving the Helen Keller award.

— R.K.

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